How to Teach the Planets and Pluto?

Answer Many students begin learning about the planets in elementary science classes. Teachers often give students basic information regarding the order and nature of each planet. For many years scientists... Read More »

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Why is pluto called pluto?

Pluto was first observed in 1930, 25 years after the American astronomer Percival Lowell first theorized its existence. Its naming continued a long-established tradition of naming planets after Rom... Read More »

When was pluto the dog first seen?

Pluto's image first appeared in the Mickey Mouse cartoon "The Chain Gang" in 1930, but at the time he did not yet have a name. He first appeared as Mickey Mouse's dog, Pluto, in the 1931 animated f... Read More »

What is Pluto made from?

Pluto, once believed to be a planet, is now known as a dwarf planet. Because Pluto is so far away from Earth, we do not know as much about it as we would like to. The precise composition of Pluto i... Read More »

What is the orbit of Pluto?

Unlike the other planets, which orbit in a circular pattern, Pluto orbits in an elliptical pattern. This elliptical orbit sometimes places Pluto closer to the Sun than Neptune. In 2006, the Interna... Read More »